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Poster: Alison OK Date: Aug 30, 2018 10:24am
Forum: news Subject: United Federation of Teachers: Finding primary sources online

If you need to find something online, you just google it, right? It’s a surefire way to find information, but not necessarily the best information. When locating materials to use in the classroom, high-quality resources are a must. And in an age when anything and everything can be faked or manipulated, we must take special care when researching resources online.

Many well-known and respected organizations have fully digitized their collections of primary sources and made them available free of charge, so they’re a great place to start. Students can see and interact with original documents, audio and even video, rather than reading about them secondhand. And while the sophistication of the language of primary-source documents can sometimes be a hurdle, there are online supports to help students comprehend this material [see “Using Leveled Reading Sites” for ways to make these documents more accessible]. Many of these sites also house educator resources to help teach students how to use primary sources in the classroom.

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